Author / Scott DeToffol

Apollo 11 Patch

It has been 50 years since the Apollo missions launched humans to the moon. In celebration, there are a multitude of events, documentaries and retrospectives and websites marking the anniversary. I’ll update this list as I find more. NASA’s official Apollo 50th website. This amazing NASA document from 1971, before Apollo 13, contains 8 articles […]

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The Lego NASA Apollo Saturn V 21309 kit is excellent! The set has amazing details and build quality. The boys and I had a great time building and learning about the most powerful rocket ever made.  

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How the Earth rides around the Sun, and how that impacts our clocks and calendars.

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Uncle Tupelo played their last show on May 1, 1994, captured for posterity (and with a decent board recording!) in this video. This seminal band, the progenitor of alt-country, had a huge influence on my musical tastes. Rolling Stone recently published this fantastic oral history documenting the 25th anniversary of ‘Anodyne’, Uncle Tupelo’s final album.

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The end of each year brings the best of lists from across the arts and entertainment media. Here is a list of best of articles that I’ll update as I find new ones. David Ehrlich’s “The 25 Best Films of 2018: A Video Countdown” (video above) The New York Times “The Best Books of 2018“ […]

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Thinking back, my Mom and Dad were fairly early adopters of computing, which certainly helped spark my interest in technology. We had the Sears Tele-Games version of the Atari 2600.  I remember my Dad bringing home a Compaq Portable from the office a few times. Our first true personal computer was the Tandy 1000, sold […]

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Photo by Kiyah Mitchell on Unsplash

I posted my first article on this blog 15 years ago today. Some other things that happened on the internet in 2003: Android was founded iTunes store opened for business LinkedIn launched CAN-SPAM became law Safari browser was released Valve introduced Steam WordPress was released The blog was originally on my old CriterionWebs.com domain, which […]

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SpaceX just announced that the first private citizen to fly to the moon will be Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese fashion entrepreneur. Yusaku has bought all the seats on the flight, choosing to invite 6-8 artists to join him. He has named his project dearMoon. The artists will be commissioned to produce works inspired by the […]

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A short, touching documentary of the last day that Linotype machines were used to print the New York Times, July 1, 1978. These highly skilled craftsman were well aware that their trade was no longer needed. This is a visceral illustration of the amazing rate of change, productivity and displacement that computers have created across […]

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/ February 6, 2018 / Comments Off on Falcon Heavy and Starman

Falcon Heavy and Starman

When I first heard that Elon Musk was sending his personal Tesla Roadster to Mars, I looked on TheOnion.com for the story. He wasn't kidding. SpaceX's test launch and flight of the world's biggest rocket was spectacular, including the mind boggling synchronous return of the twin rocket boosters.

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